Calcium Deposits In Brain Causes: Symptoms And Treatment Options

Calcium deposit in brain is a condition that we come to know only when it is noticed on X-ray or other imaging techniques. Some people also call it calcification in brain, calcinosis or Fahr’s syndrome. With whatever name we call, the cause for calcium deposit in brain remains the same. It is a condition which is marked with abnormal accumulation and deposition of the mineral calcium in the brain tissue.

Calcium can get deposited in any part of the brain. The mineral gets deposited when there is too much of calcium or phosphorus circulating in the blood.

Secondly, calcium can get deposited in the event of inflammation or damage to the brain tissue. Both genders are equally affected. Medically, calcium deposits can be significant only when they cause problems in normal functioning of brain.

What Causes Calcium Deposits In The Brain?

Actually calcification can occur in any part of the body. People who practice martial arts such as karate prefer to have calcium deposits in knuckles. They make their knuckles strong by punching them on hard surface. Inflammation and micro damage to the finger bones and knuckles with constant punching add extra calcium to the bones which makes their fist hard and strong.

Rest of us however would not like such calcification, especially when the subject relates to brain.

As said before, brain calcification can occur as a result of either metastatic calcification or after the brain tissue is damaged or inflamed.

In metastatic calcification, there is excess of calcium and phosphorus circulating in the blood which eventually gets deposited in different organs of the body, brain being the one.

Tuberculosis is common disease in developing countries. Some people may suffer from tuberculoma (healed lesion of brain tuberculosis), a benign growth in the brain caused due to tuberculosis bacteria. Fever, headache, seizures, vomiting and malaise, neck rigidity and disorientation are common in brain tuberculosis.

Neurocysticercosis is another inflammatory lesion which can lead to deposition of calcium in the brain. It is a parasitic infection caused due to pork tape worm (taenia Solium). The disease is spread due to eating contaminated food. The egg of tapeworm enters into the body by eating contaminated food, especially pork, vegetables and fruit. It may reach in the brain through blood circulation. In brain it forms a cyst. The cyst after a period of treatment gets calcified.

Toxoplasmosis is another parasitic infection caused by toxoplasma gondii which can cause calcification in brain. The parasite is present in feces of cats. Pregnant women are more susceptible to its infection. In some of them it may be a cause for recurrent abortion.

Metabolic problems in the body can also cause deposition of calcium in the brain.

Aneurysm in brain artery may cause calcification in the brain. In aneurysm the artery becomes weak at certain point and becomes widened. This leads to calcium deposition in it.

Symptoms Of Calcium Deposits In Brain

Calcification can occur in any part of the brain. The symptoms may depend on the size of calcified brain tissue. If the size is small, the symptoms may be mild to moderate. If the size is large, the symptoms may be severe as the area of brain cell destruction is large. Following are the symptoms that can be found:

  • Headache.
  • Change in mental function.
  • Loss of memory.
  • Dizziness.
  • Clumsiness.
  • Hand tremors.
  • Patient finds difficulty in balancing.
  • Blurring of vision, decreased vision.
  • Spasmodic movements of hands and feet.
  • Cannot walk properly. Feels like he will fall down.
  • Loss of bladder and bowel control. This occurs in extreme cases.
  • Patient may find difficulty on reading and writing.
  • One side of body may feel numb and paralyzed.
  • Weakness of muscles in the arms, face, and legs.
  • Body becomes stiff and rigid. The neck in particular becomes rigid.
  • Blank facial expressions.

Calcium Deposits In Brain Treatment Options

In most cases, brain calcification treatment depends on the underlying cause. Imaging techniques such as X-ray, CT scan and MRI of brain are of prime diagnostic value. The doctor takes into consideration all aspects such as physical signs and symptoms, diagnostic tests and history before considering the treatment plan.

In most cases, when the calcium deposits are small, treatment is begun with medications. Anticoagulants and anti inflammatory medications, anti parasitic, antiepileptic medications are given according to the symptoms.

If deposits are large and compress brain to great extent, the doctor may consider to excise and remove the calcified area.

26 Comments

  1. Gerald said:

    I had a fall which caused a laceration. The CT scan indicated calcium deposits in my brain. How serious is this condition?

    June 22, 2013
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    • PUP said:

      Calcium deposits in brain per se may not be any problem if they are not producing any symptoms. After any injury, some amount of calcium deposits is possible. However, anything related to brain should not be neglected and you should consult your doctor.

      June 24, 2013
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  2. PO said:

    I have parathyroid gland. I have been taking a lot of calcium. I think it is getting deposited in my arteries and passing on the brain too. I am 58 years old. I am getting Alzheimer’s disease symptoms. What medication should I take to reverse these symptoms?

    June 22, 2013
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    • PUP said:

      First of all you should talk to your doctor regarding parathyroid and if you are on some medicine for it, aside from calcium, secondly about the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. The disease often begins with forgetfulness, further down causing lot of problems such as restlessness, mood swings etc. It usually happens after age of 75 years. However, incorporating right food in diet may slow down the progression. Here are some of the foods:
      • Omega 3 rich foods such as fish, flax seeds etc.
      • Foods rich in vitamin C and E. Red pepper, broccoli, strawberries, currants, olive oil, almonds.
      • Foods that are high in flavanoids such as; apples, blueberries, garlic, kale, lima beans, tomato, etc.
      • Turmeric is a potent natural anti inflammatory due to presence of a substance in it called curcumin. Add turmeric powder in food, or take a pinch of it mixed with a teaspoonful of honey.
      • Eat foods that are high in vitamin B6 and B12. Dark leafy vegetables, liver, dried beans are rich source of these vitamins.
      • Avoid alcohol as it is considered to be root cause for forgetfulness. Consult your doctor if you are taking blood pressure medicine.

      June 24, 2013
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    • Ashley said:

      I am not sure if you will even see this or if you have resolved the parathyroid problem but if you have an overactive parathyroid gland then the last thing you want to do is take calcium. When the gland is overactive it causes too much parathyroid hormone which causes your body to constantly take calcium from your bones and deposit it into your blood steam causing hypercalcemia.

      May 29, 2016
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  3. MK said:

    My son is 8 years old. He is diagnosed with calcification in the brain due to toxoplasmosis. Can the calcification be dissolved?

    July 18, 2013
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    • PUP said:

      To answer your question, I require some more information. What is the size of calcification? Is it observed on MRI or CT scan? Is he suffering from problems such as seizures, visual difficulties, or any neurological problems? Has he been treated for toxoplasmosis?

      July 19, 2013
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  4. Mk said:

    We conducted a CT scan in the 3 month after delivery. He has calcification in brain stem, cerebellum. No doctor gave any medicine as they never understood the problem. Right now he has microcephaly. His speech is delayed, he is not able to control himself (i.e., standing is not achieved, but he is walking is there), doesn’t control his saliva (ie.drooling is there but when initiated to swallow it, he does so sometimes) right now he is been given physiotherapy. So that his walking and standing is stable. Let me know what else we can do.

    August 16, 2013
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    • PUP said:

      Let him continue physical therapy for proper movement. You can try homeopathy in such cases. Consult a good homeopath in your nearby area for the treatment.

      August 16, 2013
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  5. KKG said:

    I have calcified lesion in my brain about (5mm). Is it necessary to remove it?

    October 6, 2013
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    • PUP said:

      Calcification in brain can be due to many reasons. Do you suffer from any problems such as headache, visual problems, epilepsy, etc? In many cases if there is no symptom doctors usually advise the patient to keep a regular follow up and check if the lesion is increasing in size. Talk to your doctor if there is a need for surgical removal.

      October 7, 2013
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  6. GC said:

    My 8 year son was diagnosed with neurocysticercosis in 2008. In the beginning he was given steroid medication. He was also given drugs to prevent fits (seizures). The worm is dead and is calcified. Doctor recommends taking anti epilepsy medications for a long period. What should I do?

    March 1, 2014
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    • PUP said:

      Neurocysticercosis is a neurological problem associated with ova of intestinal worm lodging in any part of brain. This is not a common disorder. The ova get calcified after a period of time. But it may cause seizures. Therefore to prevent them, patients are given anti epileptic medications. Usually after a period of two to three years medications are stopped if there are no episodes of epileptic attacks. However, prognosis and treatment may vary from one person to another. If your doctor has recommended taking long time treatment, there may be some reason. You may take a second opinion from a neurologist if you want.

      March 1, 2014
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  7. MG said:

    I have calcium deposits in my brain. What kind of food I have to take to remove calcium from my brain. I am taking medicines also.

    May 21, 2014
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    • PUP said:

      Calcium deposits in your brain can be due to many reasons. It can be a calcified cyst or a lesion which has calcified. You have to follow your doctor’s recommendation for medicines. There is no such food that is able to remove the calcium deposit in your brain. However, you may reduce the intake of calcium food which is mainly dairy products. If calcium deposit is small it may not produce any symptom. However, if the deposit is big enough to produce any symptoms than follow your doctor’s advice.

      May 23, 2014
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      • Becky said:

        In Nov 2016, I did MRI that showed a brain aneurysm. When the doctor and nurse came in to talk to me, I had no understanding of what was going on and the next thing I knew I was being discharged from the ICU NEUROLOGICAL FLOOR. I’ve had ringing in my ears since I was released from the hospital. My husband has tried to explain to the doctors that I forget who he is and I also forget who I am. On 1st April, my husband had to take me back to the ER. My blood pressure was 192/132. I didn’t know who I was or what was going on. They admitted me but kept me in the ER. My husband signed a release for my medical records because they didn’t want to do another MR. Well they did do a CT scan of my brain and told me that I didn’t have a brain aneurysm. Instead I have 3 or more calcification in my brain. I was released with no medications and no information at all about what was going on. I’m scared to death as I’m only 37. I need some help with this if anyone can please help me or if you have any advice, it probably would be more helpful than what the doctors gave me?

        January 6, 2017
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  8. RV said:

    There is a small calcific bulge on the left side of forehead. I am worried if it can further pose any problem. What is the treatment to remove this calcium deposition from the forehead?

    November 3, 2014
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    • PUP said:

      A small calcium deposit under the skin on forehead may not cause any problem, unless it enlarges in size or becomes painful. It is essential to identify the cause of such deposition. Consult your physician as he may be able to identify the cause after examining you. Meanwhile, you can apply ice packs at the site for few minutes every day for few weeks. It may help to reduce inflammation, reduce the size and prevent further deposit formation. Drink enough water daily. Homeopathic medicine Calc phos and Calc flour may be useful. If all conservative methods fail, the only last available treatment is to surgically remove the calcific overgrowth.

      November 4, 2014
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  9. CC said:

    My daughter is 21 and has chronic migraines they did an MRI, which showed calcium deposits? They just gave her emtrix and topamax said not to worry for another 50yrs. The migraines are only on her right side and she gets a huge knot at the back of her neck. Should we see a neurologist?

    February 22, 2015
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    • PUP said:

      Since the calcium deposits are in brain, it is necessary to take second opinion of a neurologist, even though the medicines prescribed may be right. They are specialized in this field.

      February 23, 2015
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  10. Jessi said:

    I am 28 years old and had a CT scan done 3 months ago as I suspected that I had a mini stroke. They found no permanent damage but did find “significant amounts of Calcification on the sagittal”. Is this dangerous? I have migraines daily, recently have trouble with blurred vision and my husband says that my memory has gotten really bad for past 6 months.

    April 6, 2016
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  11. M K said:

    My brother has CKD 5 and he is under dialysis from 14 months. From last month he was complaining severe headache and Yesterday midnight he started vomiting. He is urine has stopped. We have admitted him in the hospital. His BP is quite high and remains high during dialysis more than 230. His high BP still persists even though doctor is giving all kind of BP medicine.

    Doctor is saying that he has developed bilateral calcification in brain. BP drops and remains between 180 and 200 while he is sleeping. Otherwise it is more than 200. I know it is a life threatening situation but any expert inputs might help.

    February 12, 2017
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  12. MM said:

    I have been diagnosed with neurocysticercosis in 2007. I had headache and blurred vision from last one week. Doctor said that the cyst is dead and not it is calcified. He said that the size of calcified spot is around 8mm-9mm and it is still the same. He said he can remove it with surgery. I am not interested in surgical removal of the lesion. Is it possible to get rid of this calcified cyst without surgery?

    July 29, 2018
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    • PUP said:

      Neurocysticercosis is an infection caused by larvae of tapeworm Taenia solium. It is common parasitic disease of brain. Some patients remain asymptomatic while some may develop various symptoms such as headache, decreased visual acuity, seizures etc. Treatment of cysticercosis depends on many factors and symptoms. This may include location of the cyst, size of cyst, and presenting symptoms. Usually first line of treatment is medical therapy. Surgical management may be necessary sometimes if the cyst is located in certain locations. Surgery may also be necessary when patient is not responding to drug therapy or if the brain swelling is not reducing or if the symptoms are getting worse.

      July 30, 2018
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  13. JG said:

    My 21 year old granddaughter had two concussions, one when she was hit by a car about a year ago and one recently when she was attacked by a girl who banged her head against the concrete. When she went to the hospital for an MRI she was told that she had calcium deposits on her brain. What should we do about it?

    August 30, 2018
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    • PUP said:

      She has to consult a neurologist. After analyzing the MRI report and the symptoms if present, he may be able to tell you whether she needs any treatment. So the first priority is to consult a neurologist.

      August 31, 2018
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